At 4 a.m. on 6 February 2023 a 7.8 magnitude earthquake, followed by several other large aftershocks, took place near the city of Gaziantep, Türkiye – which is in the southeastern part of the country. People across Türkiye, Syria, Lebanon, Cyprus and Israel are reported to have felt it. Türkiye is on and near several fault lines, making earthquakes a fairly common occurrence, but this earthquake is estimated to be the largest in the country since 1939.
OM through local partners is preparing a response to support those in most need. Food, water, hygiene packs and non-food essential items such as warm clothing and blankets will be distributed.
Please pray for those affected. Temperatures can fall below freezing at this time of year which will have widespread implications.
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